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The Global South Atlantic$
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Kerry Bystrom and Joseph R. Slaughter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277872

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.001.0001

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Southern by Degrees

Southern by Degrees

Islands and Empires in the South Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and the Subantarctic World

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(p.81) Southern by Degrees
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The Global South Atlantic
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Isabel Hofmeyr

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.003.0005

From the perspective of Anglophone literature, the South Atlantic has been something of a blank—in colonial maritime fiction, a prefatory space leading up to the Cape of Storms or on the journey home, a fast-forward space as the ship hurries to the metropole. This article suggests that one way to fill this blank is to focus on the subantarctic islands of the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. This insular world played a key role in the scramble for the Antarctic and reproduces the role of islands in imperial expansion elsewhere. The article examines two contrasting literary representations of these island worlds: H. Rider Haggard’s novel Mary of Marion Isle and Yvette Christiansë’s collection of poetry Imprendehora.

Keywords:   Antarctic islands, Antarctic and empire, Yvette Christiansë, H. Rider Haggard, Imprendehora, Mary of Marion Isle, Mojisola Adebayo, Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey

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